Before the title gets you too excited; no, you probably won’t be able to plug your iPhone into your computer and take advantage of an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak right away. However, with that said, the possibility is closer than ever. The news comes shortly after Adam Donenfeld revealed new exploits ahead of this year’s Hack in the Box.

iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak

Noted jailbreaker, Luca Todesco, broke his silence after stepping back from jailbreaking to make this Tweet:

you can literally swap ViewController.m in yalu102 with the new exploit and pass tfp0 to exploit() and its gonna work on 10.2.1 unchanged

If that all went over your head; don’t worry, you aren’t alone. This is some tech talk that’s a few levels above what the average iPhone user would ever be able to accomplish on their own at home.

Basically, Todesco is saying that his yalu102 jailbreaking tool can be used for an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak if it can be modified to use the exploits shown off by Adam Donenfeld. Easier said than done, of course. But this discussion has set the small but dedicated jailbreaking community off on a bit of quest. Twitter users are collaborating and sharing screenshots to see if they can make the necessary changes and achieve an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak using this new information.

Unless you are comfortable working with code then I wouldn’t recommend trying to make sense of what’s going on right now. Just reading some of the discussions around this latest news had my head spinning a little bit. Hopefully, with the Hack in the Box event now behind us, there was some collaboration and thinking that has helped along the jailbreaking process.

Of course, all of this work and effort that some are putting into an iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak begs the question: is jailbreaking even worth it at this point?

If you step back and take a look at the situation, this is all a lot of work to hack an old OS. Apple is going to be moving ahead to iOS 11 in a matter of weeks and many people are focused on jailbreaking iOS 10 – and not even the newest version of iOS 10!

Of course, I don’t want to come off like a cynical writer throwing criticism from the sidelines. I have very fond memories of jailbreaking. There was a time when jailbreaking your iPhone was almost a necessity. You once needed to jailbreak your iPhone just to change the wallpaper! But iOS has advanced a lot since those days. A lot of the features that we jailbroke our iPhones to get are now baked right into iOS. Now, jailbreaking seems largely unnecessary for the average user. Of course, there are some people who want jailbreak for the thrill of smashing through Apple’s walled garden. Still, jailbreaking feels more like a hobby and a challenge than a necessary tool like it once was.

In any case, for those of you who are still dedicated to jailbreaking, this should come as good news. An iOS 10.2.1 jailbreak could be just around the corner. With some of the best minds in the jailbreaking community working together, we could have a new public jailbreak in no time. For those of you who don’t care about jailbreaking: frankly, I’m surprised you even read this far.